The Winter to Spring Fashion Transition: 6 Best Pieces for Women Over 50

It’s freezing cold in many parts of the country (like here in Chicago) but spring is just around the corner! It’s certainly something to look forward to, even if we have to wait a few more months in the chilly weather. You may feel you have enough winter apparel, the way I do, and since we already know the spring trends for 2024, I think we may as well put the two seasons together. It’s time to lighten up and brighten up our current wardrobes with transitional pieces that we can wear from winter to spring.

6 Best Transitional Pieces for Women Over 50

Here are 6 of the best pieces to buy now, to wear now and continue to wear all the way through spring. These pieces are basics that work well as layering pieces. The fabrics are medium to lightweight, and the colors are lighter and brighter and also on-trend for spring 2024. These comfortable fashion pieces will help you to make a smooth transition and are ideal for women over 50.

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1. Cardigan Sweater

A cozy cardigan in a pastel or bright color will work just as well in winter as in spring. In the winter you can wear it over another sweater with a pair of jeans and boots and in spring you can wear it over a tank or t-shirt with a pair of joggers and sneakers. This Karen Kane Rib Knit Cardigan for $109 fits the bill.

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2. Jeans

As far as I’m concerned, you really can’t have too many pairs of jeans. It’s now a good time to see what style may be missing from your closet. These Mother Lil’ Zip Rambler Flood Jeans for $238 with straight legs and a high waist are very versatile. Wear them with a cozy sweater and a blazer with lug sole boots in the winter and in spring you can wear them with a long sleeve t-shirt tucked in and belted (another spring 2024 trend) and slide mules or even heel sandals.

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3. Long Sleeve Tee

I live in long sleeve t-shirts from from Mott & Bow like this V-Neck Marcy. It’s super soft cotton and makes a wonderful base layering piece under sweaters and jackets in the winter. This tee is actually an ideal year-round essential, but it works especially well from winter (as a comfortable base layer) and on its own in the spring with jeans, pants and skirts. The long sleeves not only cover you up but make your outfits look more complete than a short sleeve tee. Get one in black, white or grey!

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4. Oversized Blazer

An oversized blazer in a bold color is a valuable transition piece. This Alice + Olivia Denny Oversize Blazer is a trendy color for spring 2024 and now on sale for $321.75. You can wear it over a black turtleneck and black leather pants with booties in winter and then over a white tank with jeans or chinos and ballet flats in the spring. The options are endless in both seasons.

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5. Joggers

In the winter you may need a pair of joggers to go for a walk or a workout (or just to be comfortable at home with a big bulky sweater). But in the spring you can dress them up, and wear them under a blazer with a tank and a pair of heels. Try these Zella “Live In” Pocket Joggers for $65 and you will do just that.

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6. Bright Colored Handbag

Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you can’t carry a light colored bag like this buttery yellow Coach Tabby Quilted Leather Convertible Shoulder Bag for $395. It can add a pop of color to an all black ensemble complete with a black wool overcoat. This bag will look amazing with charcoal grey, winter white and denim jeans. And it will be a welcome addition to your spring wardrobe. This bag works for spring with everything from a floral blouse or dress to a linen suit. Look for a light or happy color bag to make a smooth transition from winter to spring.

Winter to Spring Fashion Outfit Ideas

Here are a few outfits to show you how easy is is to transition from winter to spring.

Winter Outfit

Wear the pink cardigan over a black turtleneck with blue denim jeans and biker boots. Add the butter yellow handbag for a punch of color.

Spring Outfit

When spring is here you can wear the pink cardigan over a white tank top with a pair of joggers and sneakers. Oh, and you can keep wearing the yellow coach bag.

Do you have transitional fashion that will take you from winter to spring? What is your favorite transition piece?


Carol Calacci

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